As migratory routes go, this one made national headlines in 2009 as a trip that took four years and covered 1,700 miles.
It began in 2005 when a wayward racing pigeon took flight from Chuck Miller's loft near Haysville.
"He was a young bird," said Miller in 2009 when interviewed by The Wichita Eagle. Miller had been racing pigeons for a decade, then. "Sometimes they just flat out take off the first time you let them out, and they never come back."
Such was the case this time.
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Miller thought a hawk might have chased the pigeon off.
"In this sport, you lose birds," he said.". . . That bird hadn't been named yet. He didn't do anything memorable."
On Nov. 16, 2009 Olene Sparks from Point Richmond, Calif., went out on her deck on the shores of the San Francisco Bay and noticed a white pigeon looking "a bit perplexed."
"He did not fly away. He wanted to follow me into the house. I closed my screen door and said, 'No, no.' After an hour and a half, I gave it water and corn bread."
She began making phone calls and tracking down people who might know how to care for pigeons. In the process, she took the bird in and named him.
She noticed he had a blue band on his right leg that said "WICHITA, KS" and a serial number.
She and her friends went to the Internet and located the Wichita Friendly Pigeon Flyers Club, which eventually led her to Miller.
She returned the bird to Miller by special delivery _ by plane _ through the U.S. Postal Service.
The bird's journey attracted media coverage, and, at first, that wasn't easy for Miller.
"I'm kind of a private person," he said. "This bird, he opened up a can of worms for me.
"But like my wife, Verna, said, 'It's so nice to hear a good story instead of a murder.' "
And what became the famous pigeon after he returned to Haysville?
"He's breeding stock," Miller said.
As for Sparks, she had mixed feelings about letting her friend return to Kansas.
"For it to reach California, it had to have crossed the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Mountains and gone over Utah," she said. "When it arrived here, it had no mites. It was in good shape. It was really sweet, nice and friendly."
Question: What was this famous pigeon's name?
Answer to Sunday's question: Ignace Mead's father's name was J.R. Mead, one of the earliest developers of Wichita. Mead named Wichita and was a good friend of Jesse Chisholm, William "Buffalo Bill" Mathewson, Kit Carson and the famous Kiowa chief Satanta.
Their son, also named Schuyler Jones is now a retired anthropologist living in Wichita. During his lengthy career, he crossed the Sahara Desert four times, lived with African pygmies, was chased by a bull elephant, served as a policeman in Kenya, and has lived in Paris, Afghanistan and England, as well as Greenland, Nepal and China. His life has been compared to the fictional Indiana Jones.
Check Kansas.com on Tuesday for the answer to today's question.